Network Critical Announces an Expansion of the SmartNa-X family of Network Packet Brokers

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Network Critical is expanding its line of Network Packet Brokers in support of its vision toward a Compliance Oriented Network Architecture, CONA. The expansion of the SmartNA-X family includes two new fixed configuration filtering and aggregation platforms with 24 and 48 ports of 10/1G respectively all supporting the Drag-n-Vu element management system.

Network Critical, the industry leader in visibility solutions with integrated tapping functionality, today announces an expansion of the SmartNA-X family of network packet brokers with the addition of SmartNA-X-HD platforms. They are fixed configuration 24 or 48 port10/1G filtering and aggregating network packet brokers.

The SmartNA-X HD platforms will follow the current SmartNA-X platform launched in Q1 2013. Like the SmartNA-X, the HD platforms will utilize the Drag-n-Vu element management system to deliver the industry’s easiest to use configuration system for network visualization and monitoring solutions.

The SmartNA-X continues Network Critical’s commitment to the Compliance Oriented Network Architecture by delivering enhanced value to our customers through tools to automate compliance mandated security, reporting and auditing tasks. The objective of delivering the right information to the right tool at the right time has never been easier with the SmartNA-X family and is in keeping with Network Critical’s overarching value proposition of user self-service; allowing the person with the task to map the necessary traffic to their tool without the need for outside experts.

The SmartNA-X family now has three members: The SmartNA-X; the SmartNA-X HD24 and the SmartNA-X HD48.

Perfect for use in most data center applications the modular SmartNA-X delivers a 1U 18 port configuration which is customizable through 4 module slots that can take a wide array of different module types to meet a customer's precise needs. Fully configured the chassis can deliver 2 X 10G fixed ports and 16 X 1G ports or 4 X 10G ports and 14 X 1G ports with all ports able to act as a network input source or data output source.

Designed to deliver the monitoring fabric, the SmartNA-X HD24/48 delivers either 24 or 48 SFP+ ports of filtering and aggregation in a 1U footprint. The design is flexible in that any port can be configured as a network or tool port and through the use of the Drag-n-Vu element management system. Creating error free port maps with multiple filters applied to them now takes minutes to create , whereas other platforms of this density will require dedicated skilled resource and many hours to get the filters configured properly.

Additional platforms in this family will be coming over the next twenty-four months delivering the industry’s easiest to use full line of network packet brokers.

To learn more about the SmartNA-X family please visit booth 2458 at InterOp or visit our website at

About Network Critical

Network Critical was established in 1997 by Alastair Hartrup to fulfill a market need for a better way to access network data traffic. Today, Network Critical has become the leader in Network Packet Broker Solutions with their award winning, innovative products designed for the compliance era. A global company with operations in the UK, Europe, United States and Asia, Network Critical creates products with one-of-a-kind designs that provide flexibility with a modular design and offer passive access to the network infrastructure without the concern of failure or downtime. With over 5500 customers around the world we can meet your network access and monitoring requirements by being the window to your network.

For more information on how we can help you with your data access and monitoring needs contact marketing(at)networkcritical(dot)com.

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